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In March 1969.

In March 1969, “King” label released “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”, the 27th James Brown studio album. It was recorded August 1967 – October 1968, and was produced by James Brown.


  • James Brown – vocals, organ
  • Bobby Byrd – vocals, organ
  • Ernie Hayes – piano
  • Timothy Hedding – organ, piano
  • Carl Lynch, Jimmy Nolen, Wallace Richardson, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser – guitar
  • Alphonso “Country” Kellum – guitar, bass
  • Tim Drummond, Al Lucas, Bernard Odum, Sweet Charles Sherrell, Ken Tibbets – bass
  • Beau Dollar Bowman, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, John Starks, Clyde Stubblefield – drums
  • Maceo Parker, Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone
  • Pee Wee Ellis – alto and tenor saxophone, organ
  • Les Asch, Dave Parkinson, St. Clair Pinckney – baritone and tenor saxophone
  • Dud Bascomb, Joe Dupars, Richard “Kush” Griffith, Johnny Grimes, Waymon Reed – trumpet
  • Fred Wesley, Dicky Hardone, Levi Rasbury – trombone
  • Selwart Clarke, Winston Collymore, Sidney Edwards, Nick Hardone, Harry Katzman, Harry Malnikoff, Matthew Raimondi – strings
  • Sammy Lowe – conductor, arranger
  • Mitchell Kanner – design
  • Alan Leeds, Harry Weinger – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown, Alfred Ellis
  2. I Guess I’ll Have to Cry Cry Cry – James Brown
  3. Goodbye My Love, Pts. 1 & 2 – James Brown
  4. Shades of Brown – Bud Hobgood
  5. Licking Stick, Pt. 1 – James Brown
  6. I Love You – James Brown, Clyde Stubblefield, Alfonzo Kellum
  7. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Let Them Talk – Sonny Thompson
  9. Maybe I’ll Understand – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  10. I’ll Lose My Mind – James Brown, Bud Hobgood, Bobby Byrd

In August 1974.

In August 1974, “A&M” label released “I Can Stand a Little Rain”, the fourth Joe Cocker studio album. It was recorded 1973 – 1974, at “The Village Recorder” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Jim Price.


  • Joe Cocker – lead vocals
  • Henry McCullough, Cornell Dupree, Jay Graydon, Ralph Hammer, Ray Palmer, Ray Parker, Jr.– guitar
  • Chuck Rainey, Clydie King, Dave McDaniel, Chris Stewart – bass
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Ollie E. Brown, Jeff Porcaro, Denny Seiwell, Jimmy Karstein – drums
  • Randy Newman, Nicky Hopkins, Greg Mathieson, Jimmy Webb, Jim Price, David Paich, Richard Tee, Peggy Sandvig – keyboards
  • Jim Horn, Trevor Lawrence – saxophone
  • Stuart Blumberg, Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Mayo Tiana, Jim Price– trombone
  • Merry Clayton, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, Daniel Moore- backing vocals
  • Jim Price, Jimmy Webb– arrangements
  • Engineers, recording, mixing – Rob Fraboniand Nat Jeffrey, Joe Tuzen, Mario Aglietti, Rick Heenan, J.J. Jansen, Carlton Lee, Ken Klinger, Zak Zenor
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan
  • Steve Vaughan – photography

Track listing:

  1. Put Out the Light – Daniel Moore
  2. I Can Stand a Little Rain – Jim Price
  3. I Get Mad – Joe Cocker, Jim Price
  4. Sing Me a Song – Henry McCullough
  5. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Jimmy Webb
  6. Don’t Forget Me – Harry Nilsson
  7. You Are So Beautiful – Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher
  8. It’s a Sin (When You Love Somebody) – Jimmy Webb
  9. Performance – Allen Toussaint
  10. Guilty – Randy Newman

In April 1975.

In April 1975, “Cube” label released “Jamaica Say You Will”, the fifth Joe Cocker studio album. It was recorded in 1974, at “The Village Recorders” in Los Angeles and was produced by Jim Price.


  • Joe Cocker – lead vocals
  • Ben Benay, Dan Sawyer, Daniel Moore, Henry McCullough, Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Chuck Rainey, Chris Stewart, Dave McDaniel – bass
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jim Karstein, Joe Correro – drums
  • Don Poncher – percussion
  • Jim Price, Jean Alain Roussel, Nicky Hopkins, Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Ben Benay – harmonica
  • Sherlie Matthews, Cynthia Barclay, Carol Stallings, Jim Price, Matthew Moore, Daniel Moore, Buzz Clifford, Joanne Bell, Clydie King, Venetta Fields- backing vocals
  • Jim Horn, Trevor Lawrence, Bobby Keys- saxophone
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Peggy Sandvig – orchestration
  • Sid Sharp – strings
  • Arranged by Jim Price, Richard tee
  • Additional orchestration by Peggy Sandvig
  • Additional choral arranging by Daniel Moore
  • Engineered by Zak Zenor, Rob Fraboni, Rob Fraboni and Joe Tuzen
  • Mastered by Allen Zentz

Track listing:

  1. (That’s What I Like) In My Woman – Matthew Moore
  2. Where Am I Now – Jesse Ed Davis
  3. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Randy Newman
  4. Forgive Me Now – Matthew Moore
  5. Oh Mama – Jim Price
  6. Lucinda – Randy Newman
  7. If I Love You – Daniel Moore
  8. Jamaica, Say You Will – Jackson Browne
  9. It’s All Over But the Shoutin’ – Joe Hinton, Johnny Bristol
  10. Jack-A-Diamonds – Daniel Moore

In January 1981.


In January 1981, “MCA” label released “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” the twenty seventh B. B. King studio album. It was recorded in 1980, and was produced by Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack. The album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording”.


  • B. King- vocals, guitar
  • Hugh McCracken- guitar
  • David “Fathead” Newman- tenor saxophone
  • Ronald E. Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Hank Crawford- alto saxophone
  • Waymon Reed- trumpet
  • Tom Malone- trombone
  • Charlie Miller – trumpet
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- drums
  • Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack- keyboards
  • Wilbur Bascomb- bass guitar
  • Donny Gerrard, Vennette Gloud, Carmen Twillie- backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Doc Pomus and Dr. John; except where noted.

  1. The Victim
  2. More, More, More – Hugh McCracken, Jay Hirsh
  3. You’re Going with Me
  4. Life Ain’t Nothing But a Party
  5. Born Again Human
  6. There Must Be a Better World Somewhere

On February 25, 1974.


On February 25, 1974, “Atlantic” label released “Let Me in Your Life”, the twenty-first Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded April – September 1973, at the “Whitney Studios” in Glendale, and was produced by Jerry Wexler and Aretha Franklin.


  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic and electric piano
  • Gwen Guthrie- background vocals
  • Donny Hathaway- acoustic and electric piano
  • Bob James- organ, keyboards
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Ernie Royal- trumpet
  • Deodato- arranger, electric piano
  • Ralph MacDonald- percussion
  • Kenneth Bichel- synthesizer
  • Margaret Branch – background vocals
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Ann S. Clark – background vocals
  • Stanley Clarke– bass
  • Judy Clay- background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Joe Farrell- tenor saxophone, flute
  • Arif Mardin- string arranger
  • Rick Marotta- drums
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Pancho Morales – percussion
  • Gene Orloff- concert master
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- drums
  • Sylvia Shemwell – background vocals
  • Myrna Smith- background vocals
  • David Spinozza- guitar
  • Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Deirdre Tuck Corley – background vocals
  • Willie Weeks- bass

Track listing:

  1. Let Me in Your Life – Bill Withers
  2. Every Natural Thing – Eddie Hinton
  3. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  4. I’m in Love – Bobby Womack
  5. Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Clarence Paul,Stevie Wonder, Morris Broadnax
  6. The Masquerade is Over – Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel
  7. With Pen in Hand – Bobby Goldsboro
  8. Oh Baby – Aretha Franklin
  9. Eight Days On the Road – Michael Gayle, Jerry Ragovoy
  10. If You Don’t Think – Aretha Franklin
  11. A Song for You – Leon Russell

On January 24, 1972.


On January 24, 1972, “Atlantic” label released “Young, Gifted and Black”, the nineteenth Aretha Franklin studio album. It was recorded August 1970 – February 1971, and was produced by Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler. In 1972, the album won Aretha Franklin “Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance”. In 2003, the TV network “VH1” ranked it the 76th greatest album of all time.


  • John- percussion
  • Aretha Franklin – acoustic piano, celesta, electric piano, lead vocals
  • Donny Hathaway- organ, electric piano
  • Billy Preston- organ
  • Sammy Turner – background vocals
  • Hubert Laws- flute
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • R. Bailey – background vocals
  • Carolyn Franklin- background vocals
  • Erma Franklin- background vocals
  • The Memphis Horns- horn section
  • The Sweet Inspirations- background vocals
  • Don Arnone – acoustic guitar
  • Margaret Branch – background vocals
  • Ann S. Clark – background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Tom Dowd- horn arranger
  • Eric Gale- bass
  • Wayne Jacksonof the Memphis Horns – trumpet
  • Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns – tenor saxophone
  • Ray Lucas – drums
  • Hugh McCracken- guitar
  • Robert Popwell- bass, percussion
  • Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- drums
  • Neal Rosengarden – rumpet, vibraphone
  • Pat Smith – background vocals
  • Ronald Bright – background vocals
  • Al Jackson, Jr.- drums
  • David Nathan – liner notes
  • Stanislaw Zagorski – cover design

Track listing:

  1. Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby) – Jim Doris
  2. Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin
  3. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  4. Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone
  5. All the King’s Horses – Aretha Franklin
  6. A Brand New Me – Theresa Bell, Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble
  7. April Fools – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  8. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Jerry Butler, Otis Redding
  9. First Snow in Kokomo – Aretha Franklin
  10. The Long and Winding Road – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  11. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – Thom Bell, William Hart
  12. Border Song (Holy Moses) – Bernie Taupin, Elton John


On November 21, 1980.


On November 21, 1980, “MCA” label released “Gaucho”, the seventh Steely Dan studio album.  It was recorded 1978 -1980, at the “Sigma Sound of Philadelphia” and “Village Records” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.


  • Donald Fagen – lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano, organ
  • Walter Becker – bass, guitar, guitar solo
  • Rob Mounsey- piano, synthesizer, horn arrangement
  • Don Grolnick- electric piano and clavinet
  • Pat Rebillot,Joe Sample  – electric piano
  • Steve Khan- guitar, lead guitar
  • Mark Knopfler,Larry Carlton – lead guitar
  • Hugh McCracken,Hiram Bullock, Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey,Anthony Jackson  – bass
  • Bernard Pretty Purdie,  Rick Marotta,Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Crusher Bennett,Steve Gadd , Victor Feldman, Ralph McDonald, Nicholas Marrero – percussion
  • Tom Scott- alto saxophone and clarinet; tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangement
  • Michael Brecker, Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • George Marge, Walter Kane – clarinet
  • Wayne Andre- trombone
  • Michael McDonald,Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Frank Floyd, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody, Lani Groves, Leslie Miller, *Zachary Sanders, Toni Wine – backing vocals
  • Rhythm arrangements: Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
  • Horn arrangements:Rob Mounsey, Tom Scott
  • Art direction: Vartan, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design: Michael Diehl, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design assistant: John Tom Cohoe
  • Photography: Rene Burri
  • Photo research: Ryan Null

Track listing:

All tracks by Michael Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen
  3. Glamour Profession
  4. Gaucho – Michael Becker, Donald Fagen and Jarrett
  5. Time Out of Mind
  6. My Rival
  7. Third World Man